Homer becomes union leader and leads a company strike when Mr. Burns takes away the company dental plan.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Window Cleaner / Worker / Gummy Joe / Droopy-Voiced Man / Ringo / Monkey / Photographer / Grampa Simpson (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum / Donut Woman / Quigley (voice)
Lisa Simpson / Child at Dentist's (voice)
Movie Villain / Football Player / Dr. Wolff / Carl / Diamond Thief / Donut Man / George / Crusher / Bumblebee Man / Chief Wiggum / Robots (voice)
McBain / Mr. Burns / Smithers / Burns' Grandfather / Lenny / Wrestling Emcee / Paul / Goon / Principal Skinner / Kent Brockman (voice)
Dr. Joyce Brothers (voice) (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)


Mr. Burns revokes the dental plan from the power plant's union contract, and when Homer realizes that he'll now have to pay for Lisa's new braces, he leads the power plant employees on a strike, while Mr. Burns struggles to put an end to the rioting. Written by anonymous

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Animation | Comedy


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11 March 1993 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chosen for the #1 spot on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 25 greatest Simpsons episodes in 2003. See more »


The nitrous oxide cylinder at the end of the episode is marked N²O. Chemical formulas use subscript for numbers, at least nowadays (the original Berzeluis notation used superscript and was still used during the first half of the 20th century). See more »


Mr. Burns: This is a thousand monkeys working at a thousand typewriters. Soon, they'll have finished the greatest novel known to man.
[reads a page]
Mr. Burns: All right, let's see... "It was the best of times, it was the BLURST of times?" You stupid monkey.
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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »


Union Strike Folk Song
Written by Jay Kogen, Jeff Martin, and Wallace Wolodarsky
Performed by Yeardley Smith
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One of the greatest episodes ever
28 January 2006 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

As a Simpsons junkie who has seen almost every episode of the show, I can safely say that this is one of the most memorable episodes of the series. It follows the adventures of Homer as a Jimmy Hoffa-like union leader against Mr. Burns, trying to keep the company dental plan. All this because Lisa needs braces. The animation is superb, especially the great Beatles parody when Lisa is gassed-out. The story is excellent, evolving on many levels with a few great spoofs and a lot of little thing that show you that it's far more then the sum of it's parts. In the end, I don't find it surprising at all that it's featured on many polls and is often regarded as the best Simpsons episode ever.

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